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The problem with saying yes to one thing is you are thereby saying no to everything else. Yalom makes this point at least 63 times in his writing. I made that number up because I am too lazy, really, to track down any or all of the times he said it. So, I picked a number. Sixty-three is a good number, big enough to be implausible so you know I...
Illustration by David Vignoni.
In Prelude to Foundation (Asimov, 1988) Hari Seldon invents the science of psychohistory that forms the basis of the Foundation series. This series presumes that human behavior is predictable by science, and that those predictions can be used to influence future history for the betterment of humankind. The Foundation series itself was started in...
She came to the coffee store and wanted tea. It was a little odd, but she was a little odd, somewhere between crazy and eccentric. Her name, as you might have guessed from the title, was Sylvia. Jason's fourth law is the older you get, the younger everybody else looks; the corollary is that as I was young, I can't trust any assessments of...
Human cognition is increasingly recognized as not that special among our animal cousins. Numerous demonstrations of other mammals and even birds capable of tool use, of language use, of empathy, and of a sense of fairness permeate the literature. Anyone who spends any time at all with their household pets must wonder at times what is going through...
Illustration from Punch Magazine ca. 1870.
The career market used to be open a little wider. Greed and politics are narrowing our options. As I struggle to find means to support my family and pay my student loans, people often reassure me that I am worth hiring and will eventually find the place where I belong. These days, I don’t know that there is such a place. Twenty years ago, I...
Jacob Matham's (ca. 1587) engraving "Pride."
One of my least favorite parts of therapist training was a deep investigation in who I am. What motivates me, what are my weaknesses and blind spots and vulnerabilities. There isn’t room enough in a blog like this to begin to list these weaknesses, and I am certain others will tell you if you ask them in private. That said, one of the...
Photo by Joe Ravi.
I spent this morning shampooing the carpets after the dog micturated in the hallway. He's a good dog. He didn't want to pee on the rug. It's just that Americans insist on asserting their freedoms even when the law disagrees and even when others experience negative consequences of those freedoms. The freedom in question is fireworks....
Photo by Richard King.
I heard it again, I don't remember where: isn't amazing how the Beach Boys could make all that beautiful, harmonious, uplifting music while their front man was so depressed? Wilson's mental illness is legendary. The Barenaked Ladies famously penned a song about his breakdown: three years in bed gaining weight and doing drugs, possibly...
Photo by Columbia Pictures and Marvel.
I took my son to see the latest offering in the Spiderman franchise. He is not as cynical as me yet, still young enough to be into the superhero thing. I got the spectacle I more or less expected: graphic effects so crystalline they were unreal, pointless violence, huge explosions. It isn't a bad piece of work for what it is, and if you are...
My friends didn't believe in giving money to homeless people. But I couldn't escape the notion that I should be doing something. It was Shanghai in maybe 2009 or 10. Wealth was everywhere, crazy wealth. In Hong Kong, we had walked through an indoor mall for three hours. It seemed endless. Commerce was alive and well. People had money, no...
Photo by Nicholas Gemini.
The Amazing Spiderman sequel. Guardians of the Galaxy. Captain America, Winter Soldier. This summer will be replete with superhero movies on the big screen. Sales of books, cartoons and videos, action figures and other toys, continues apace. What is it about the superhero that enthralls us? In some ways, superheroes keep pace with the times....
I was sitting on the couch grading papers with the TV on in the background. So much of my writing starts this way I might one day write about that, but not today. What tends to be on in the background is sci-fi, generally bad sci-fi, because I just want the background noise rather than engagement. Today, I accidentally watched good science fiction...